SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently cleared the deal for 99 with GE Aviation for F404-GE-IN20 engines and Private sector companies in India who were involved in the LCA-Tejas program from its initial stage in the supply of aircraft fuselage, tail section, and wings are looking forward to massive orders that will come after IAF earlier this year contracted deal for 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Tejas Trainers. idrw.org spoke to one of the Indian private players who supply components to the LCA-Tejas program on the condition of anonymity.
” We joined the LCA-Tejas program as our initiative without considering about profits since orders from HAL were even below bare minimum requirement then what foreign OEMS could place. We joined when biggies (Private sector) were not keen on joining, HAL wanted private sector companies to invest in the expansion of our facilities even when IAF was not so keen on placing fresh orders,” he added, ” with fresh orders and stable requirements in place, we are looking in contributing in the development of a stable LCA-Tejas ecosystem “.
Indian private sector companies like VEM technologies, L&T, DTL, Alpha Toccol, TAML, Data Patterns, Pendios, Compupower, and close to 560 small and medium scale manufacturing units will now reap the benefits of joining the LCA-Tejas ecosystem at an early stage when many bigger private players were shying away. Some of the companies idrw.org spoke to confirmed that once fresh contracts are signed, expansion of the facilities and manpower are on the cards as the Tejas Mk1A program will have a strict delivery schedule and many companies are also prime candidates who will also join LCA AF-MkII and TEDBF program that will in long term establish an ecosystem for manufacturing of any type of aerospace projects in India including regional civilian aircraft program.
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